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MPA Media Statement 4 Aug 16;
Collision of Panama-flagged VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) and Container Ship in the Singapore Strait
No injuries or oil pollution reported
At about 2355 hrs on 3rd Aug 2016, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was notified of a collision involving Dream II VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) and MSC Alexandra (Container Ship) in the Singapore Strait, about 3 km South-East of Sebarok Island. Both are Panama-flagged vessels.
Prior to the incident, MPA's Port Operations Control Centre provided traffic information and alerted the shipmasters of Dream II and MSC Alexandra of the risk of collision.
Dream II sustained damage to her bow whilst MSC Alexandra sustained damages on her port quarter hull. Both vessels are in stable condition and safely anchored in Singapore.
MSC Alexandra reported that 10 empty containers fell overboard during the incident, 4 onto the deck of Dream II and the rest into the water.
Upon notification, MPA immediately issued navigation broadcast to warn vessels of the presence of floating containers in the vicinity of the incident site. MPA has deployed survey and salvage teams to recover the containers.
There were no injuries or oil pollution reported.
Photos of the damage
#collosion @ Singapore vlcc dream2 & msc Alexandra.... all crew safe #ship afloat @anchorage pic.twitter.com/KrghvzwyEs— saumil thanki (@saumilthanki) August 4, 2016
Collision trajectory from Vessel Finder
Another photo of the damage to the container ship shared by Yujie Zheng on 9 Aug 16.
Why is now a very bad time for an oil spill?
Just last week, on 26 Jul, there was an oil spill reported off the Live Firing Islands.
Anytime is a bad time for an oil spill. But now is particularly bad because our shores are already suffering from heat stress from the recent unusually warm temperatures. In fact, since June 2016, the regular shore survey team have documented mass coral bleaching on many of our shores.
Oil spills on our Southern Islands
Our Southern Islands including the islands of our Marine Park lie close to the Singapore Strait, a major shipping lane connecting the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
|Large vessel in the Singapore Strait from Sisters Islands|
with St John's Island on the horizon.
|Huge container ship seen off Sisters Island.|
|Large vessels travelling off the Marine Park.|
Photo by Chia Wei Wei during a public walk
at the Sisters Islands Marine Park in Dec 2015.
Recent ship collisions and oil spills
- Oil spill off Live Firing Islands, 26 Jul 2016
- Oil spill at Pulau Busing on 30 Apr 2016
- 2 Jan 2015: Oil spill off Pedra Branca
- "Human error and poor judgement" cause of 3 oil spills in 2 weeks in Jan-Feb 2014
- Volunteers survey impact of 10 Feb oil spill
- 10 Feb 2014: Another oil spill near Sisters Islands
- Impact of Jan 2014 oil spills on Southern Islands
- Two collisions with oil spills near Southern Islands in Jan 2014
- Oil spill off East Coast Park, 2 Jul 2013
- Ship collision off Sisters Island on 2 Mar 2013: no oil spilled
- Oil spill off Sultan Shoal, Jurong Island on 9 Sep 2012